Lungile Radu

Lungile Radu is a South African actor, television personality and producer who is best known for his portrayal of the character of Sbusiso Vilakazi on’s soap opera, Rhythm City and as the host of Big Brother Mzansi. He has also hosted numerous shows on Channel O.

Lungile Radu
Born      Lungile Radu
January 25, 1975
South Africa
Also Known As
Education UNISA
Occupation  Actor
TV Personality
Since 2003 – to date
Wife Bobo Mokgoro
2014 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Lungile Radu was born on January 25, 1975 in the Soweto township of Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

He attended King Edward VII High School in Houghton in the city of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province.

In 2000 Lungile Radu matriculated from that high school.

According to the website of Channel O he was studying Bachelor of Commerce in Law (B.Comm Law) through the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Lungile Radu appeared on numerous television advertisements before landing his first presenting job at the South Africa based music television station, Channel O, which is accessible through DSTV.

In 2004 he his television presenting debut when he became a video jockey on Channel O.

In 2005 Lungile Radu presented his own show on Channel O, Kasi 101, which is about Kwaito music; hosted a new dance show, Dance Africa; and made a guest appearance as Ronald on the SABC 1 sitcom, City Ses’ La.

In 2006 he hosted an SABC 2 personal empowerment reality series, It’s for Life and hosted Channel O’s flagship show, O-Boma (alongside KB Ngakane, Carmel Fischer, Grace Meadows, Laura Kelly, Nonhle Thema, Nzinga Qunta, ProVerb and Rachel Stuart) which concluded in 2009.

In 2007 Lungile Radu replaced Thapelo Mokoena as the host of the second season of’s Fear Factor South Africa and joined’s then new soap opera Rhythm City as Sbusiso “Sbu” Vilakazi – a son of record label executive Miles Vilakazi portrayed by Peter Se-Puma.

In October 2009 he hosted the 6th Annual Channel O Music Video Awards alongside KB Ngakane and  Nonhle Thema.

In 2010 he hosted the first season of Goal Diggerz as well as the second – the third season was hosted by legendary South African footballer, Benni McCarthy, who won the UEFA Champions with FC Porto in 2004 before concluding his career in 2013 at Orlando Pirates; also in 2010 Lungile Radu returned once again to host another installment of the same awards, the 7th Annual Channel O Music Video Awards.

In 2012 he created, produced, directed and co-stared in a  reality show, Forever Young, with South African television personality Siyabonga Ngwekazi and South African Thomas Gumede.

Also in 2012 Lungile Radu hosted the 56th Edition of Miss South Africa which was judged by Anele Mdoda, Robert Marawa as well as Sonia Sedibe and saw Marylin Ramos crowned a winner.



Rhythm City, 2007 to 2013

Lungile Radu was cast a Sbusiso Vilakazi on’s original show, Rhythm City, which was commissioned to replace the outgoing Backstage.

Rhythm City is set on the backdrop South African music industry and is driven by youth and contemporary adult culture; Lungile Radu’s character, Sbusiso Vilakazi, is the son of Miles Vilakazi (portrayed by Peter Se-Puma) who is a record label executive.

The character Lungile Rad portrayed, Sbusiso Vilakazi, was caught between a boy and a man; languished in the shadow of his father, Miles Vilakazi; and hoped from one pipe dream to another.

He (Sbusiso Vilakazi) lost the love of his life, Thembi Phakathi (portrayed by Mmabatho Montsho), to cancer.

When Rhythm City first went on air Lungile Radu along with Peter Se-Puma, Jamie Bartlett, Pam Andrews, KB Motsilanyane, Connie Chiume, Mpho Molepo, Mmabatho Montsho, Kelly Khumalo, Setlhabi Taunyane and Nokuthula Ledwaba – were all part of the original cast.

In June 2013 Lungile Radu appeared as Sbusiso Vilakazi for the last time on Rhythm City, the role was taken over by Pallance Dladla.


Big Brother Mzansi, 2014 – to date

In February 2014 Lungile Radu began hosting Big Brother Mzansi season 3 flighted by Mzansi Magic as “Big Brother Mzansi: Secrets”.

In March 2015 he returned to reprise his role as host of yet another installment, the fourth season, of Big Brother Mzansi flighted by Mzansi Magic as “Big Brother Mzansi: Double Trouble”.

The fourth season of Big Brother Mzansi: Double Trouble got off to a relatively smooth start , however, towards the middle of the season the show was dogged by allegations of rape.





Year Title Role Notes
2004 Channel O Himself Video Jockey
2005 Kasi 101 Himself Host, Music Magazine
2005 Dance Africa Himself Host, Dance Show
2005 City Ses’ La Ronald Guest Role, Sitcom
2006 It’s for Life Himself Host, Educational Show
2006 – 2009 O-Boma Himself Co-Host, Music Show
2007 Fear Factor South Africa Himself Host
2007 – 2013 Rhythm City Sbusiso Vilakazi Lead Role, Soap Opera
2009 6th Annual Channel O Music Video Awards Himself Co-Host
2010 Goal Diggerz Himself Himself, Lifestyle Magazine
2010 7th Annual Channel O Music Video Awards Himself Host
2012 – 2013 Forever Young Himself Lead Role, Reality Series
2012 Miss South Africa 56 Himself Host
2014 Big Brother Mzansi Himself Host






Lungile Radu founded an entertainment and production company, Parental Advisory Productions (PAPSA),  which has since produced reality shows “Forever Young” and “MoLove”.



Personal Life

Lungile Radu and wife Bobo MakgoroIn 2014 Lungile Radu married long time girlfriend, Bobo Mokgoro, in a traditional wedding ceremony.

Bobo Mokgoro is a University of the Witwatersrand Law graduate, she also holds a diploma in Television and Film Producing from the New York Film Academy.

At the beginning of 2015 on his wife’s (Bobo Mokgoro) birthday Lungile Radu revealed on Instagram that she was pregnant with the first child.

“It’s someone’s birthday today! You look more gorgeous everyday,thank you for being by bestie, my wifey,my baby mama Ain’t nothing I wouldn’t do to make u happy. Happy Birthday baby.Hope all your dreams come true. We’re gonna make it an awesome 1 #shemine #soblessed #dirty30 #levels #mybabymamahotterthanurs #shemyeverything!,” Lungile Radu wrote on his Instagram account.